How to Restore Camera Roll without/from Backup (iOS 10.3 Included)

Your iPhone contains important information like your contacts, photos, videos and more. This is why it is highly recommended that you back up the data on your device regularly to prevent data loss. But sometimes data loss can happen so unexpectedly that you are completely blindsided. If you have a backup, all you have to do is restore your device and your camera roll will be recovered. It may be a little bit tricky if you don’t have a backup.

But as this article will demonstrate, it is not impossible to recover your camera roll even if you don’t have a backup. Read on to find out how.

1 Restore Camera Roll on iPhone using iTunes

If you have a backup of your camera roll on iTunes, follow these simple steps to restore the backup and get your photos and videos back.

Step 1: Connect iPhone to the computer using USB cable;

Step 2: Launch iTunes on your computer;

Step 3: Click the little device icon and press‘Restore backup’;

Step 4: Select the latest backup file and you’re done.

Restore Camera Roll on iPhone Using iTunes

You may get back some wanted photos using this method. But there are following things you should consider:


While this method may be effective in data recovery, there are certain issues you may face. They include;

  • You are not able to see how many photos are in the backup file or even select the ones you want to recover
  • Any data that was not included in the backup will be lost if you restore the device

2 Restore Camera Roll without Backup using 3rd-Party Tool

If you don’t want to risk losing any of the other data on your device, you may want to use a third-party tool to recover your camera roll. One of the best tools for the job is iMyFone D-Back iPhone data recovery or iMyFone D-Back Mac version iPhone data recovery as it is very easy to use and highly effective in data recovery. The following are some of its features.


It is important that you stop using the device immediately once you discover you have lost some data. This is to prevent overwriting the missing data, thus rendering it unrecoverable.
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Professional iPhone Data Recovery Software

  • 4 data recovery modes: Smart recovery, Recover from iOS device, Recover from iTunes backup and Recover from iCloud backup.
  • More than 22 file types are supported, including Messages, Call log, Photos, Videos, WhatsApp messages, Voice Memos and others.
  • Preview function is available to select particular files to recover.
  • All iOS devices are supported, including iPhone 7/6s/6/5s/5c/5/4s/4 running iOS 10/9/8/7 and the latest iOS 10.3.

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There are 4 recovery moods through which you can recover your data using iMyFone D-Back: recover directly from iOS Device, recover from iTunes/iCloud Backup and Smart Recovery. You can also use this program to preview and selectively recover camera roll from iTunes or iCloud backup to computer without erasing data on your iPhone, if you have made backup previously.

How to Preview and Recover Camera Roll without a Backup

Download and install the program on your computer and then follow these very simple steps to get your Camera Roll back.

Step 1 Run iMyFone on your computer

Run iMyfone on your computer and then select “Recover from iOS device.” Click “Start” to begin.

Launch the Software and Choose the Mode

Step 2 Choose Photos as the type to recover

In the next window, select “Photos” under “Photo & Video” since this is the type of file we wish to recover.
Choose and Scan the Lost File Type

Step 3 Connect the iPhone to the computer

Connect the iPhone to the computer using USB cables and click “Scan” as soon as the program detects the device.

Connect the iPhone to the computer

Step 4 Preview and Recover Photos:

Once the scan is complete. Preview the photos and then select the ones you want to recover. Click “Recover” to save the deleted photos.

Preview and Recover Photos

Now download iMyFone D-Back iPhone Data Recovery Win or the software, iMyFone D-Back's Mac version to recover Photos from camera roll. And here are the links for helping to recover iPhone contact or get back lost iPhone messages, just click them to check more details.

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  • Will Haynes

    When I restored all data, Camera Roll never finished downloading. It was stuck at 7 out of 532. How can I restore Camera Roll now that the first “start up” Restore is complete?

    • Hello Will, which recovery mode did you use? If you have chosen “recover from iOS device” mode, please make sure that your iPhone is connected to your computer and check your network connection as well. iMyfone will recover your photos on your computer. Later we will develop a new function or small tool to help you transfer data from computer to your iPhone. Wish you have a nice day!

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